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Our February Cover Star is Burkinabé Model Melissa Kyelem

You can call us a digital platform filled with interesting contents, a vital networking portal where fashion lovers can get all their fashion needs, an online destination for fashion editorials, a place where every model stands a chance to kick-start or promote her career to a professional network, or simply a cool brand that loves to inspire people worldwide irrespective of your race, colour or origin, but one thing is certain – not too many online magazines out of Africa promote African models like we do. It has been 3 years now and we are still at it and one of the most fascinating things about African models is their determination and willingness to succeed. On our February 2013 Digital cover is a model from Burkina Faso who is based in America. Melissa Kyelem is a 16 year old model who is extremely passionate about modelling, fashion and travelling. We got to learn about Melissa from an amazing photographer called Kareem Quow who planned the whole shoot. This month, we will be sharing Melissa’s story as a fresh face in the industry, her expectations, and why she feels “African fashion is so popular in the world today“. We also get to speak with Kareem Quow to get a few tips on how to take great photos in the studio or in public and he also gives us an insight into how he got the look for the cover. Off course, we have an amazing fashion editorial on a vibrant fashion label “PREBY” as they share with us images from their Autumn /winter 2013, our lifestyle interview with an amazing fashion designer “Asake Agoro“, Model - Vanessa Ogbonna, Designer - Eskado Bird and a spotlight on MTV VJ, Choice FM DJ, and recording artist Vanessa Mdee.

Hair & Wardrobe Styling: Latrina Godfrey
Earrings by Natasha Smooches
MUA: Maciel Antrice Scandrett
Photographer: Kareem Quow of KQ Photography

Comments (51)

  • Eman AWURO

    Just beautiful!! I love the contemporary grassroot feel and editorial, keep making a difference in this diaspora. #Leadership!!

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  • Adetoun

    This is stunning. I’m in love with this cover and honestly all of the work you guys put out. Keep doing big things! :)

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  • admin

    @Emam … Thank you so much for a Great Comment! Your support and love means everything to us..❤
    @Adetoun ….. Thank you Toun! None of this would be possible without the fabulous work from the Photographers, Stylists and Models. It’s an all round team effort and we are glad you love the cover ❤

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  • bibianne

    Zen,love this photo,its so beautiful nd creative,keep it up.much love

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  • admin

    @Bibi ….. Thank you Bibi! It truly is a great shot by an amazing photographer Kareem Quow. We love his work and are pleased with the outcome.. ❤

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  • Kay Slay

    Wow! like wowwwww- i love this. Zen just keeps transcending times

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  • Rianna Naomi

    Great image. Very strong and tribal. Good concept. :)

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  • admin

    @Kay ….. Thank you Kay! We truly appreciate the great words and support .. ❤
    @Rianna …. Thank you Rianna! ❤❤

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  • Nyawal

    OMG!! Zen, I absolutely love this! There’s so ,much intensity in her eyes, its captivating; this image represents true African beauty. Well done!!

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  • admin

    @Nyawal …. Thank you Darling! Melissa looks fierce and she can easily transform her look to suit any theme. We love her! ❤

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  • Nonye Nwankwo

    Love her skin. Realy so elated to see black models rule the ‘runways’, thank you Zen for promoting black models, its a great priviledge for africa that you have created this wonderful platform for africans to shine. Love your work!!! Salute

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  • oumiss Kone

    Beautiful!!!

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  • admin

    @Nonye ….. Thank you Nonye! We Thank God for the inspiration, for our great team and for all the love and support we get across 4 continents! Your feedback means a lot to us and we treasure you for appreciate Melissa’s February Cover. We Salute you Hun!! ❤
    @Oumiss …. Thank you Hun! ❤

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  • Paula

    Wowwwww love it especially the style. Beautiful model. Xxxx

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  • bruce

    Another great cover Zen. This is the first time I am seeing a model from Burkina Faso and she looks so gorgeous. I love it.

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  • chicks

    Zen, yet another fab cover! Very orginal! Keep up the good work……..

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  • maggie

    She has sexy full lipz

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  • omoye omokhodion

    Lovely cover Zen, love the hair-do, love the photo editing niceeee

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  • KiD PЯƎƧH

    100% originality. She’s beautiful…great cover from Zen

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  • natalie

    Nice work zen beautiful

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  • NoE

    Hello Zen,
    I rarely comment due to time constraints but I must commend your work. The styling, clothing and makeup are above par, the photography is amazing and the models are always so strong and proudly African. You do the dark continent proud and for that, we thank you. Don’t ever stop.

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  • Baridakara Nwilene

    What a beautiful model!

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  • admin

    @Paula … Thank you Paula! Melissa looks absolutely Gorgeous! ❤
    @Bruce .. Thank you Bruce! We are always happy to hear your reviews on each of our covers. ❤
    @Chicks … Thank you Sweetie. So glad you love the cover.. More to follow next week.. ❤
    @Maggie … She sure does Hun.. Melissa looks amazing! ❤
    @Omoye ….. Thank you Omoye! Great work from Latrina Godfrey, Maciel Antrice Scandrett and Kareem Quow ❤❤
    @KiD PЯƎƧH .. Thank you Kid! Glad you love it ..❤
    @natalie … Thank you Nat!! ❤
    @NoE … Thank you Darling and we truly appreciate you for taking time out to comment. We won’t stop, we will continue to learn, grow and evolve. Spreading the Inspiration and sharing positive information about Africa is our key goal. Thank you so much for such a strong and awesome comment! We love you for this and great blog you run. ❤❤
    @Baridakara … Thank you Hun!!! Melissa sure does look beautiful! ❤

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  • Emeka Chukwu

    ZEN keeps getting better and better and BETTER!!!! Top notch quality.. Easily one of Africa’s best editorials in my humble opinion.. Very proud to have been featured by you guys. Keep it up!

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  • kymia

    Love the artistry behind this picture I always enjoy the model pics from Zen Mag. Keep up the good work,

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  • Aida

    GORGEOUS!! I love all your covers! This is a great magazine! Keep up the good work Zen!! xoxo

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  • admin

    @Emeka … Thank you so much Mr. AGU, Co-Owner/Designer at AGU Couture. We are so glad to have featured you last year on our March Cover and we thank you so much for always supporting what we do. Like you said, “ZEN keeps getting better and better and BETTER” . Thank you AGU! ❤
    @Kymia …. Thank you Kymia .. so glad you love the cover … Looks real Good!! ❤
    @Aida …. Thank you Aida! We definitely will. ❤

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  • Ifeoma

    This is very nice Zen. I love it

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  • Kamara

    Great cover shot & great styling!

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  • admin

    @Ifeoma … Thank you so much Ify! Your support is truly humbling..❤

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  • JOAN OKORODUDU.

    AWESOME COVER. U NAILED IT AGAIN

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  • admin

    @Joan … Thank you Madame Okorodudu … Your comments are always a motivation to us. We thank you so much for the support ❤

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  • Damini Summers

    This is great and I’m loving it. First the sfrican features are great and bold. Thank you Zen for inspiring and projecting africans in diaspora.

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  • admin

    @Damini ….. Thank you Damini! Your words are so inspiring and we will continue to share the best of Africa to the world! ❤

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  • Mariam abdul

    Ever since i got to know about zen magazine it has alwayz wowed me…. Please keep it up…….the cover photo is simple fabulous and African…. Nice one

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  • admin

    @Mariam… Thank you Mariam! We will continue to learn, grow and share. Everything we have achieved is because of God and the great team who continue to give their all for the brand. ❤

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  • Yewande

    Lovely cover…Love the African meets Western concept,especially depicted by the make-up.Its really cool how you promote African models on your covers.Thumbs up…

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  • Tis Kay

    Seeing these words, the first word that comes to mind is MAGNIFICENT. The make up, clothing and color choices are just beautiful. Not everyone in this business does it this stunning. That would be a kudos from me to Zen. Looking forward to more of these great work. Cheers!

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  • abbie abbey

    models working with zen magazine has being showing us how professional zen magazine is. Perfect cover page, model on point. Zen magazine has taken their time to showcase the beautiful colours of Africa. Zen magazine good job and keep up to the world standard. Cheers!

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  • Ann-marie

    Wonderful work zen. love it

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  • admin

    @Yewande ….. Thank you for a great comment Yewande!! ❤
    @Tis … Credit for this shoot must go to the team who planned the shoot – Latrina Godfrey, Maciel Antrice Scandrett and Kareem Quow ❤
    @Abbie …..Thank you Abbie! Your words are moving and we appreciate the support. More to follow real soon.❤
    @Ann-Marie .. Thank you Darling! So glad to read your comment! ❤

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  • Q'ubi

    Great styling and overall cover, well done zen for keeping it interesting, much luv to your team. Xx

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  • zia

    Awesomeeeeee!!!! Wooop wooop Tanzania representing. Shout outs to Vanessa Mdee & Eskado Bird… We are honoured! Zia

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  • admin

    @Q’ubi …. Thank you Darling for appreciating and commenting on our February Cover. We are truly humbled by all the support and love! ❤
    @Zia ….. Thanks Zia! Tanzania is a beautiful country and we are filled with joy to be able to share the stories of two amazing talents this month. Vanessa & Eskado are AMAZING!!!!! We love them.. ❤

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  • Anrette Ngafor Akinyele

    Amazing work again Zen and i love the fact that you bring creativity from all over the great African continent and i know u will keep on getting higher . with great love from Cameroon-London -Nigeria !!!

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  • admin

    @Anrette … Thank you so much Anrette for taking time out to comment on our February 2013 Digital cover. We will continue to share, learn and grow and your support means everything to us.. ❤

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  • Mands

    OMW would be totally unfair not to comment, amazing cover..Melissa’s beauty is breath taking. keep up the good work guys!!

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  • admin

    @Mands….. Thank you so much Mands for such a brilliant comment! Melissa truly appreciates all the love and we thank you so much for taking out time to comment! ❤

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  • Style By Cesca

    Kareem’s work is consistently breathtaking and Melissa looks absolutely stunning. We can’t wait to see more beautiful work from Zen Magazine. Gorgeous cover!

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  • Zenobia Louw

    True african beauty. im actually inspired to also want to be on the cover of Zen Magazine one day ha ha. beautuful! nice work Zen keep it up :).

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  • admin

    @StylesByCesca … Thank you so much for taking time out to comment and your comments inspire us. Thank you so much!! We will keep up the standard by God’s grace. Kareem is a brilliant photographer and we are so glad to finally work with him. ❤
    @Zenobia ….. Thank you Zenobia .. WOW .. anything is possible Dear. Just hit us up. You never know.xx ❤

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